Highlands High School start delayed because of mold; other buildings to start on time

September 23, 2018

Highlands High School will delay start of the school year from Thursday until Tuesday because of mold, according to a message the district sent the night before classes were set to begin.

“Due to late detection of small areas of mold in the high school, the district has decided to delay the start of school for all high school students and staff until Tuesday, Sept. 4,” substitute Superintendent Monique Mawhinney said in the recorded message.

The first day of school will go on as planned Thursday at Highlands’ other schools.

The delay will allow the district’s buildings and grounds staff time to disinfect the effected areas.

Parents received the recorded message at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. Mawhinney apologized in the recording about the late announcement of the decision but said the district believes it’s important to take the action to protect students and staff.

School board President Debbie Beale and Vice President Michael Masarik didn’t immediately return messages Wednesday night.

Other schools in the region made the same decision to postpone the start of the school year.

The Plum School District announced Monday that it was postponing the start of school in all of its schools until the day after Labor Day because of mold. Classes were supposed to start this past Tuesday.

All schools in the Shaler Area School District and Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School in Westmoreland County will start classes Tuesday. Mold also caused delays at a Pine-Richland elementary school and districts in Dauphin, Lehigh, Monroe and Schuylkill counties.

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